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Radar: Blanket Forts Festivus, Exploitation Ally presents Black Christmas, Allie Hughes Christmas Wedding with Sweet Thing, Continue Y/N Opening Reception, DanceWorks copresents Os Elementos

ART | Blanket Forts Festivus
If you didn't at one point or another attempt to build "the best fort ever" as a kid, then you're an anomaly. Who says we have to give that up when we become adults? Newmindspace and Matt Sims present Blanket Forts: Festivus, a fort that would put any other to shame. It's an art-based slumber party with a history of huge success. Taking up a 5,000 square foot space, the maze-designed fort built consists entirely of blankets. No party wear needed, pajamas are the attire of choice for you to get lost in the coziness of fabric and down.
Twist Gallery (1100 Queen Street West), 9pm $15

FILM | Exploitation Ally presents Black Christmas
For one night, at one special event, Christmas celebrations are going down, deep down to a dark and scary place. If you ever felt that Christmas needed an edge, this might just be for you. Black Christmas, a Canadian horror flick has done the unthinkable and turned our red and green holiday black. From the famous director Bob Clark (Porky's, A Christmas Story) it will give you goosebumps this holiday season. The film is being screened tonight, at the perfect cinema, Toronto Underground. Prepare to be scared.
Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 9:30pm

MUSIC | Allie Hughes Christmas Wedding w/ Sweet Thing
As much as you may love to crash a good wedding, there will be no vows exchanged at tonight's event. Allie Hughes, known for her quirky stage shows is playing with Sweet Thing at The Mod Club. This wildly weird femme has been making quite a name for herself as of late, especially with her album's release on the horizon in early 2011. Her show, pinned as a wedding is sure to have all the best parts of a wedding without the long and drawn-out ceremony: A good party, some beverages and plenty of dancing.
The Mod Club (722 College Street), 7pm $16

ART | Continue Y/N Opening Reception
Retro is back. For the inner nerd in all of us, tonight's event is a flashback to our childhood, growing up with either NES or SNES and living each day based on the latest videogame release. The newest addition to Sleeping Giant Gallery is the exhibit called Continue Y/N, which features artwork that plays on this theme, arousing our geek-like tendencies hiding just beneath the surface. It is sponsored by A&C Games so if you're looking for a last minute Christmas present, consider a throwback to your glory days of youth and perhaps pick up a game or two. Opening reception tonight, exhibit runs until December 29th.
Sleeping Giant Gallery (789 Dundas Street West), 8pm Free

THEATRE | DanceWorks copresents 'Os Elementos'
In collaboration with DanceWorks, Dance Migration, Toronto's leading contemporary Brazilian dance company is serving up dance, straight from Brazil to Toronto on a wintery Friday night. Just when we all could use a little injection of warmth, 'Os Elementos' and the show's fiery and contagious passion will be taking the stage, telling the audience a story of the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire & Water. It will be a tribute to the African-influenced rhythms of Bahia and Pernambuco featuring Brazilian percussion as the soundtrack for contemporary dance. It is sure to heat up even the coldest extremities.
Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West, 3rd Floor), 8pm $35, $35 students/seniors


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